Close, but not quite close enough in past editions of the Copa América Femenina, hosting the 2018 qualification tournament surely gave La Roja a boost as they finished, somewhat surprisingly, second.
The team has an unfortunate tendency of running hot and cold, sometimes able to really show what they’re about, other times they find themselves lacking across the park with captain, Christiane Endler put under extra stress in goal.
With a handful of players that play across Europe, the Chilean team is a mix of levels of experience and will be given a trial by fire on their tournament debut.
The first outing against Sweden hardly a gradual start and it’s far from likely that their June will get any easier as they face the current world champions five days later.
Goalkeepers: Christiane Endler (PSG), Natalia Campos (Universidad Católica), Ryan Torrero (Unattached).
Defenders: Rocío Soto (Zaragoza), Su Helen Galaz (Zaragoza), Camila Sáez (Rayo Vallecano), Carla Guerrero (Rayo Vallecano), Javiera Toro (Santiago Morning), Valentina Díaz (Colo Colo).
Midfielders: Karen Araya (Sevilla), Claudia Soto (Santos), Francisca Lara (Sevilla), Ana Gutiérrez (CFF Cáceres), Yessenia López (Colo Colo), Elisa Durán (Colo Colo), Daniela Pardo (Santiago Morning).
Attackers: Yanara Aedo (Valencia CF), Yessenia Huenteo (CFF Cáceres), María Jose Rojas (Slavia Praha), María José Urrutia (Associaçião Esportiva 3B Amazónia), Rosario Balmaceda (Colo Colo), Daniela Zamora (Universidad de Chile), Javiera Grez (Curico Unido).
Like so many other groups, Group F has a sizeable drop from the top two seeds to the bottom two with the match between the unfavoured pair one likely to affect all six third-placed teams. In a heads-up against Thailand, Chile have the narrow edge to come out with the win although in a group with at least one team who have the ability to power goals in, one win may not be enough to reach the next round.
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